Below is a basic outline of the hourly schedule for Smart Fabrics Summit. Details will be added as they become known. Thank you for your patience!

Interested in presenting? Submit a proposal here!

Monday, March 28
9 AM
Registration Opens
11 AM - 11:05 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Opening remarks brought to you by your Smart Fabrics Summit MC, Dr. Amanda Mills.

11:05 - 11:50 AM
ASSIST Center: Self-Powered Next Generation Wearables

Dr. Adam Curry, Innovation Ecosystem Director, ASSIST Center

ASSIST is an Engineering Research Center (ERC) based at NC State University that unites academia and industry to advance self-powered wearable sensing technologies. ASSIST conducts cutting-edge research in the areas of energy harvesting, low-power sensors, low-power electronics, electronic textiles, and engineered systems, integrating these core technologies into next-generation e-apparel, wearable patches, and other wearable devices.

In this talk, ASSIST’s Innovation Ecosystem Director, Adam Curry, will provide an overview of ASSIST’s research and discuss how ASSIST works with multi-disciplinary students and faculty; companies; entrepreneurs; and supporting organizations to translate its next-generation technologies to the market.


Noon - 1 PM
Lunch and Networking

Join your industry colleagues for a delicious buffet lunch!  Reconnect with familiar faces and get to know the new ones.

1:05 - 1:50 PM
Education Session 2
2 - 2:45 PM
SmarTex: Biomedical Monitoring in Aerospace

Dr. Jan Beringer, Senior Scientific Expert, Hohenstein

For long term missions in space or telemedicine and fitness on Earth, health monitoring is the future. To develop and improve technologies for continuous and wireless monitoring of astronauts, a cross-functional team has developed the SmartTex t-shirt for experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).

The T-Shirt consists of specific materials designed for ergonomic and comfortable use in space and contains integrated and adaptable sensors that will monitor and transmit several detailed parameters using ballistocardiography (muscular contraction).

SmartTex is part of the Wireless Compose-2 project, a collaboration between the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Hohenstein, DSI Aerospace, Bielefeld University and Hamburg University of Technology.

2:45 - 3:05 PM
Afternoon Networking Coffee Break
3:10 - 3:55 PM
Education Session 4
4:05 - 4:50 PM
Application of Smart Textiles to the Validation of Wearable Technology

Presented by Mississippi State University:

Charles Freeman, Associate Professor
Erin Parker, Graduate Student
Carver Middleton, Undergraduate Student
Reuben Burch, Associate Professor
Harish Chander, Associate Professor
John Ball, Associate Professor
Tony Luzak, Assistant Research Professor
David Saucier, Research Engineer

The innovation and development of smart textiles for uses from sensor validation to advanced military operations is exploding in the market. However, building a comprehensive solution still remains fragmented across academia and industry.

The multi-disciplinary MSU Athlete Engineering team, comprised of researchers from textiles, kinesiology, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and AI computer science are leading the way for validation of wearable technologies integrated into smart textiles and consumer products. From muscle activation shorts to ankle movement sock sensors, the team has reported on both feasibility and validation studies in over 20 journals for more than 50 publications.

This presentation will focus on the connections across the current siloed market segments to build and validate a comprehensive smart textile solution.

5 - 5:45 PM
Education Session 6
5:45 PM
Closing Remarks
6 PM
Cocktail Networking Reception

Join us for a fun and engaging end to the first day of the Smart Fabrics Summit.  Mix and mingle with your industry peers over drinks and appetizers.

All participants over the age of 21 will receive a free drink ticket, on us!

Tuesday, March 29
8 - 9 AM
Continental Breakfast and Networking at Wilson College of Textiles

Begin your day with a change of venue!

We will convene in the morning and enjoy breakfast at the state-of-the art, world renowned Wilson College of Textiles. Get to know Wilson College faculty, staff, and students and prepare for engaging tours of Wilson College facilities, with hands on workshops!

9 - 11:30 AM
Facility Tours of Wilson College and ASSIST Center

Beginning at 9 AM, join 30-minute tours of both the Wilson College of Textiles labs and the ASSIST Center’s state-of-the-art research facilities.  Tours of each facility will happen concurrently and rotate to maximize participation. Each tour group can accommodate approximately 10-15 participants.

Logistics details coming soon!

9 - 11:30 AM
Hands-on Workshops with Wilson College Students and Researchers

While lab tours are taking place, join select Wilson College faculty and research staff for a selection of 15-minute hands-on workshops that demonstrate a number of topics relative to e-textiles and related cutting edge research.

Specific details on workshops and presenters coming soon!

Noon - 1 PM
1 - 2 PM
Closing Keynote Presentation

A top-tier keynote presenter is in the works!  Stay tuned!